Democratic governance and European integration : linking societal and state processes of democracy
Title: Democratic governance and European integration : linking societal and state processes of democracy
Citation: Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar, 2007
As the power and scope of the European Union moves further, beyond traditional forms of international cooperation between sovereign states, it is important to analyse how these developments are impacting upon national institutions and processes of democratic representation and legitimacy in the member countries. The authors in this book identify four core processes of democratic governance present in any democratic political system that link societal and state processes of decision-making: opinion formation, interest intermediation, national executive decision-making and national parliamentary scrutiny. From a normative perspective they discuss what impacts this process of Europeanization has on democracy in the evolving system. They conclude that more changes are seen within the state-centric than in the societal-centred processes of democracy, thus the public seems to have been 'left behind' in the process of constructing Europe. The empirical research and normative discussion presented in this book are designed to further our knowledge concerning the Europeanization of social and state processes of democracy and to contribute to the continuing dialogue on democracy in the European Union.
Table of Contents:
-- 1. Introduction: Democratic Governance and European Integration /Ronald Holzhacker and Erik Albæk -- PART I: OPINION FORMATION AND INTEREST INTERMEDIATION IN MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE -- 2. Visibility and Framing of European Integration in the Media /Cla
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